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August Newsletter 2022

Dear writers. I hope you’ve been keeping warm and making time to work towards your writing goals.

Spring Sunday Sessions

Firstly, I’d like to announce that the second Sunday Sessions at FAWWA is in the works. Following the success of our first Sunday Sessions in June, we’ve been busy planning the next one.

I can’t wait to tell you which authors will be coming but I’m sworn to secrecy for the time being.

What I can tell you is that Spring Sunday Sessions at FAWWA will be Sunday, October 23 at Mattie Furphy House. It promises to be a full day of four fun, informative and joy-filled masterclasses with amazing authors, and a brilliant opportunity to meet other writers and readers.

Session tickets will be available via Eventbrite shortly. FAWWA members will have a head start on bookings before they open to the public.

Sunday Socials at FAWWA

The next date to mark in your calendar is Sunday, August 14 for a social get together with FAWWA members and friends. It’s the first of many regular social events we’re planning following our covid-related hiatus.

Please bring a plate and meet at Tom Collins House at 4.30pm, from where the party will be invited to move at 5.30pm to Mattie Furphy House.

It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other members of the FAWWA family and enjoy the spaces within our two beautiful heritage-listed homes. For details and to RSVP, please email committee member Lynne De Peras on

Congratulations Pat Johnson

Well done to Pat Johnson who won the fabulous collection of books by FAWWA authors after renewing her membership before July 1.

Have you renewed your FAWWA membership? Or taken out a new one? If not, please join us to take advantage of early release tickets for special events and discounts on classes, groups and courses, and support the FAWWA family. To purchase your membership please visit the FAWWA Eventbrite account.

Writing classes and groups

Are you searching for the writing group or class that’s right for you? Please visit our What’s On calendar to see all the classes scheduled in coming weeks.

And do visit our Special Events section. The Out of the Asylum Writers Group is offering four creative writing classes with the wonderful Bruce Russell. Dr Russell, below, is well known to many of us. He's the author of five novels and has taught fiction at Perth universities for many years and on August 19, September 16, October 14 and November 11 will be at Mattie Furphy House from 10am to midday. Please click here for details.

National Trust Inspire Residencies

I am delighted to see that the National Trust of WA is running its Inspire program for writers in residence once again. Successful applicants are given the opportunity to write in one of six historic properties in Perth including the Curtin Family Home in Cottesloe, and Anzac Cottage in Mt Hawthorn.

Quantum Words Perth

Do you write about science or like to read science-related fiction and non-fiction? Don’t miss Quantum Words Perth September 16, 17, and 18. The festival is for all ages and brings together scientists, writers, and thinkers from across Australia.

Subiaco Scribblers Festival

Another date to mark in your diary is the Subiaco Scribblers Festival, a celebration of literature and the arts for young people. Sessions will be September 13 to 18.

Competitions and Fellowships

There are so many opportunities on offer at present for writers of all ages in all genres.

The Armadale Writers’ Award 2022 offers Western Australian adult writers prizes of up to $1,000 for original unpublished prose of up to 3,000 words. Submit your entry between September 1 and 30.

Aspiring writers are invited to enter the SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition 2022. The competition aims to uncover bold new voices that reflect the diversity of contemporary Australia. Submissions open August 16.

The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust is calling for applications for the 2023 Ian Wilson Memorial Fellowship. This is for unpublished emerging writers and illustrators of books for under 18s who explore Australian voices and themes.

Writers of all ages and genres are invited to enter prose and poetry into the Lambing Flat Regional FAW (Young) NSW 2022 Writing Competition. Entries are now open until October 14. There is no set theme for short stories up to 1500 words and poems up to 50 lines.

There’s plenty for you to explore in coming weeks, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our special events, classes, and groups.

Happy writing,

Karen Herbert

President, FAWWA

Left: Karen Herbert with author Barry Divola at the Sunday Sessions at FAWWA, June 19, 2022

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